Board of Directors

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Thomas R. Bates, Jr., Ph.D.
Chairman of the Board

Dr. Bates has served as our Chairman of the Board since November 2011. Dr. Bates has been an Adjunct Professor and Co-Chair of the Energy MBA Advisory Board in the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University, where he has taught courses in energy macroeconomics since January 2011. From January 2010 until December 2012, Dr. Bates was a Senior Advisor to Lime Rock Management LP and was a Managing Director at the private equity firm from October 2001 until December 2009, where he was responsible for global investing in oil service and oil service technology. Before joining Lime Rock, Dr. Bates had 25 years of experience in senior oil service management and operations with Schlumberger Ltd., Weatherford Enterra Inc. and Baker Hughes Inc.. Dr. Bates currently serves on the board of directors of TETRA Technologies Inc. (TTI), Alacer Gold Corporation (ASR.TO) and Tidewater Inc. (TDL), previously served on the board of directors of Hercules Offshore, Inc., NATCO Group, Inc., T-3 Energy Services, Inc., and Reservoir Exploration Technology ASA. Dr. Bates graduated from the University of Michigan with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering.

J. Anthony Gallegos, Jr.
Director, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Gallegos has served as a Director on our board and as our President and Chief Executive Officer since October 2018. Prior to his current role, Mr. Gallegos served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sidewinder Drilling Company. Mr. Gallegos joined Sidewinder upon its founding as Senior Vice President & CFO, a position he held until November 2014 when he was promoted to President & Chief Financial Officer with overall responsibility for the profitability and operating performance of the Company. He was promoted to President and CEO in September 2017. From April 2006 through September 2010, Mr. Gallegos held the position of Vice President Business Development of Scorpion Offshore. Scorpion Offshore was an international offshore drilling contractor with operations across the globe which was acquired by Seadrill in 2010. Prior to joining Scorpion Offshore, he held operational, marketing, corporate planning and management positions with Atwood Oceanics, Transocean and Ensco. Mr. Gallegos started his career working as a roughneck on offshore drilling rigs in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Mr. Gallegos is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the International Association of Drilling Contractors . He is a veteran of the US Army and holds a B.B.A. from Texas A&M University and an Master of Business Administration from Rice University.

James D. Crandell

Mr. Crandell has served as a director on our Board of Directors since January 2017. Mr. Crandell's career includes serving as Managing Director of Cowen and Company from 2013 until 2016, and as Managing Director of Dahlman Rose from 2011 until its acquisition by Cowen and Company in 2013. Prior to that he served as Managing Director at Barclays Capital plc from 2008 until 2011, and as Managing Director for Lehman Brothers starting in 1999 until its acquisition by Barclays Capital in 2008. From 1981 until 1998, Mr. Crandell held various posts at Salomon Brothers, including managing director, senior oil services analyst, director of U.S. equity research, and global coordinator of equity research. Mr. Crandell currently is a member of the Board of Directors of NOW Inc. (DNOW), where he serves on the nominating/corporate governance and compensation committees.

Matthew D. Fitzgerald

Mr. Fitzgerald has served as a director on our Board of Directors since April 2012. Mr. Fitzgerald is now a private investor and volunteer instructor and counselor with SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives), an affiliate of the Small Business Administration. From 2009 until July 2013, Mr. Fitzgerald served as President of Total Choice Communications LLC, a wireless retailer in Houston, Texas. Mr. Fitzgerald retired from Grant Prideco, Inc., one of the world’s largest suppliers of drill pipe and drill bits, following its acquisition by National Oilwell Varco in 2008. He had served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer beginning in January 2004 and as Treasurer beginning in February 2007. Mr. Fitzgerald held the positions of Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer of Veritas DGC from 2001 until January 2004. Mr. Fitzgerald also served as Vice President and Controller for BJ Services Company from 1989 to 2001. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of NCS Multistage, Inc. (NCSM) and is the general partner of Oasis Midstream Partners, L.P. (OMP). He previously served on the board of directors of Rosetta Resources, Inc. and Maverick Oil and Gas, Inc. Mr. Fitzgerald began his career as a certified public accountant with the accounting firm of Ernst & Whinney. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Masters in Accountancy from the University of Florida.

Daniel F. McNease

Director. Mr. McNease has served as a director on our Board of Directors since April 2013. Mr. McNease served as the Chairman of AXON EP, Inc. from July 2009 until December 2016 and as a Member of the Advisory Board at HitecVision AS from January 2010 until December 2016. From 2007 through 2013, he served as a Director of Dockwise Ltd. From 2004 through 2008, Mr. McNease served as President, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer at Rowan Companies Companies, Inc. (“Rowan”), a provider of land and offshore contract drilling services and a manufacturer of rigs and drilling equipment. In total, Mr. McNease spent 34 years at Rowan, serving as Chief Executive Officer from 2003 to 2008, President from 2002 to 2008 and as Executive Vice President of Rowan and President of its drilling subsidiaries from 1999 to 2002. Mr. McNease is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and the Columbia University Executive Program. He is a member of the International Association of Drilling Contractors.

James G. Minmier

Mr. Minmier has served as a Director on our board since October 2018. Mr. Minmier has served as Chief Executive Officer of Extreme Plastics Plus, LLC, a subsidiary of BW Equity Holdings, LLC, and Board Director of BW Equity Holdings, LLC since May 2018. Mr. Minmier served as a Director for Sidewinder Drilling until May 2018. Mr. Minmier served as President of Nomac Drilling LLC, a subsidiary of COS Holdings, LLC and subsequently Seventy-Seven Energy Inc. Mr. Minmier has more than 26 years of experience in the drilling industry. Mr. Minmier received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of West Florida.

Adam Piekarski

Mr. Piekarski has served as a Director on our board since October 2018. Mr. Piekarski has served as a Principal of MSD Partners, L.P. since June 2011. MSD Partners, L.P. is an SEC registered investment advisor formed in 2009 by the principals of MSD Capital, L.P. which was established to exclusively manage the capital of Michael Dell and his family. In total, the firms manage assets in excess of $15 billion. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Quiznos, DavCo Restaurants and Noble Energy Power. Mr. Piekarski received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering from Duke University and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Independence Contract Drilling was founded in 2011 as a provider of premium integrated onshore drilling services.